By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is extending until Dec. 31 the regulatory compliance deadline for companies to electronically submit records pertaining to workplace injuries and illnesses. This is the second time the agency has delayed the deadline, which applies to 2016 employment data.

OSHA previously indicated it will issue a separate proposal to “reconsider, revise or remove” portions of the rule, so there are likely to be further developments regarding this issue in 2018.

During the original notice and comment process, ARTBA raised concerns about privacy invasion that could result from posting employer data online.  In a recently posted regulatory update, the agency seemed to agree indicating that it “has now determined that it cannot guarantee the non-release of personally identifiable information.” ARTBA continue to press this issue and other concerns as the agency moves forward with reconsideration of the rule.